Magic: A Theoretical Reassessment [and Comments and Replies]

  title={Magic: A Theoretical Reassessment [and Comments and Replies]},
  author={M. Winkelman and Kate Ware Ankenbrandt and A. Bharati and E. Bourguignon and M. D. de Rios and A. Dundes and J. Eisenbud and F. Goodman and C. R. Hallpike and Ā. Hultkrantz and I. Jarvie and B. Lex and J. K. Long and Leonard W. Moss and R. Preston and L. Romanucci‐Ross and H. Sebald and Dean Sheils and P. Singer and Sheila Womack},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={37 - 66}
Comparison of aspects of magical belief and practice with elements identified in experimental parapsychology suggests that some magical phenomena may have their basis in what parapsychology in call psi. Similarities are found between magic and parapsychology in (1) conditions that facilitate the manifestation of magical and psi phenomena, (2) the mental processes implicated as effective in producing magical and psi phenomena, (3) the basic principles underlying the phenomena of magic and psi… Expand
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